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The Birth of Modern Science (Making of Europe) [Hardcover]

Paolo Rossi
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21 April 2001 Making of Europe
This history of the birth of modern science shatters the illusion that science is ′dry′ and divorced from culture by exploring the powerful clashes between traditions and value systems that gave rise to it. The author shows how many of the characteristics that distinguish science today emerged in the midst of the wars and plagues of the seventeenth century and defines what was new about this form of knowledge.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (21 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631205624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631205623
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,465,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Rossi presents in intelligent and informative ways glimpses of the worldviews, concepts, and instruments that are at the root of modern science, and how these came to be ... The book is clearly the work of a scholar who knows his materials and understands what science is all about, making it an eminently good piece of work." Choice <!––end––>

"The greatest strength of this work comes out of Rossi′s extensive and deep knowledge of the primary sources that he analyzes throughout. His discussions of key texts and of the positions of significant figures are detailed and useful. He provides clear summaries of an impressive number of texts... The nonspecialists targeted as the readers of this work will discover early modern science to be a richly complex and fascinating subject that can be studied with an abundance of primary sources." Pamela O. Long, in Isis

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This history of the birth of modern science is ideal for those engaging with the subject for the first time. It shatters the illusion that science is ′dry′ and divorced from culture by exploring the powerful clashes between traditions and value systems that gave rise to it. The author shows how many of the characteristics that distinguish science today emerged in the midst of the wars and plagues of the seventeenth century and defines what was new about this form of knowledge.

Rossi′s account covers topics such as the new astronomy, discoveries made with microscopes, the principle of inertia, experiments on voids, and the circulatory system. Alongside these, each chapter also addresses the great ideas that were central to this intellectual revolution: the new appraisal of technology, a new view of God as an engineer or clock maker, the introduction of the dimension of time into the study of nature, and so on. This passionate book will enable readers to engage with the complex relationship of science and philosophy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for students of science 16 Feb 2011
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Anyone wishing to understand the complex, heterogeneous and characteristically human confusion of the beginnings of modern science should read this book. It is the most complete, convincing and accessible synthesis available. Rossi's depth and breadth of knowledge is extremely impressive. The other syntheses on this topic (including the better known "The scientific revolution" by Steven Shapin, which is too Anglo-centric) all suffer by comparison. Rossi also demonstrates that the emphasis on "mixed" practice and primacy of experiment in early science was no accident. The book is therefore also a good starting point for anybody wishing to investigate links between science and technology.
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